Finland did not vaccinate travelers to fight Omicron

Finland announced on Tuesday that it will block the entry of foreign travelers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, as it advances its fight against the highly mutated Omicron variant.

Only foreign travelers with a negative COVID-19 test who can prove full vaccination or previous infection will now be allowed to enter, the interior ministry announced after a government meeting.

A spokesman for the border guard confirmed to AFP that unvaccinated foreigners would be turned back unless they were on a list of exceptions, which include residents of Finland, essential workers and diplomats.

This measure also affects citizens of the European Union.” Tomi Kiwenjuri of the Border Guard said, “Regardless of the origin of the foreign national, everyone must present a vaccination certificate and a negative test less than 48 hours old.”

The measure came into effect at 1400 GMT on Tuesday and follows stringent border measures across the European Union.

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